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Blue Devils Well Represented In Football All Star Contest

The West team celebrates after putting the brakes on a two-game losing streak in last Wednesday’s Northeast Mississippi Football Coaches Association All Star Game. Blue Devil Coach Brad Embry was selected as the head coach for the West team. Blue Devil players selected for the All Star team were (from left) L.J. Hawkins, Dee McNeal and Brandon Bounds. McNeal was selected as the defensive MVP of the games.

Coaches (from left) Brad Embry, Jeff Roberts and Bryant Mix gear up for the All Star game last week, with L.J. Hawkins, Brandon Bounds and Dee McNeal.

By David Howell

BOONEVILLE – Water Valley coach Brad Embry led the West Team to their first victory in the Northeast Mississippi Football Coach-es Association (NEMFCA) All Star Game played Wednesday in Booneville. The win reversed a two-game losing streak after the West team went up 17-16 on a last second field goal.

            The Blue Devils were well represented in the annual game, with three Blue Devils players selected for the contest including Brandon Bounds, L.J. Hawkins and Dee McNeal.  Coaches Jeff Roberts and Bryant Mix were also selected to assist Embry. McNeal was selected as defensive MVP of the contest.

            The West team’s win comes after the East took a 10-7 double-time affair in the inaugural contest in 2013 and routed the West 36-0 last spring in the first edition of the game to be played at Northeast Mississippi Community College.  

            In addition to Roberts and Mix, the West team was also instructed by assistants  Jeff Carter (Pontotoc), Quess Hood (Falkner), Darryl Carter (Shannon), James Courtney (Eupora), Terrance Metcalf (Oxford) and Scott Duley (East Union).

            Corinth High School’s Doug Jones served as head coach of the East squad. He was assisted by Allen Glenn (Saltillo), Matt Haygood (Saltillo), Chris McCrory (Amory), Patrick Schoolar (Hatley), TJ Seago (Mantachie), Chris Shoup (Corinth) and Trey Ward (Booneville).

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